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Jacqueline Woodson at the Free Library of Philadelphia

18 Jan

If you know anything about me at all, you’ll probably pick up that I’m a planner – I like to know what’s happening, when it’s happening and what is expected of me. So when I scrolling through Twitter yesterday morning and saw that Jacqueline Woodson (yes, the Jacqueline Woodson) was going to be at the Free Library of Philadelphia kicking off their One Book, One Philadelphia program, I knew I had to see her.

I checked the date – it was that evening. Now, Philly’s not far from where I live, about 20  miles, but of course trying to get into the city during rush hour on a day that started with snow and ice can be daunting. But, I decided to go for it! What was the likelihood that I’d get a chance to see her again anytime soon, especially considering that she was just named the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature last week!

Now, if you’re not familiar with Jacqueline Woodson, she’s a prolific writer of books for kids and teens, she’s a poet and all around fabulous person. She’s a four-time Newbery Honor Award winner, National Book Award Winner, Coretta Scott King Book Award winner, was the Young People’s Poet Laureate and was recently chosen as the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, among other awards too numerous to name.

I stopped at the bookstore grabbed a copy of Each Kindness to add to a signed copy to my personal collection, ate dinner while sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic and made it down to the city and found parking right outside the building to see Jacqueline at the main branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. She did a reading from both her memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming and her novel, Another Brooklyn, had an interview with WHYY’s Katie Colaneri and then took some questions from the audience.

I am so glad I made the decision to be a little more spontaneous than I usually am, I’m glad that I didn’t feel too weird about going myself and I’m glad that I was able to take this opportunity when it was presented to me. If you ever get a chance to hear Jacqueline speak, definitely go for it and if you want to know more about her ambassadorship and her theme for her time as ambassador, check out the Library of Congress’s webpage.


Jacqueline Woodson Named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

5 Jan

woodson.jpgJacqueline Woodson, a four-time Newbery Honor Medalist, Coretta Scott King Book Award winner, former Young People’s Poet Laureate, and National Book Award Winner has just been named the sixth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. An inauguration ceremony will be held on Tuesday, January 9 at 10:30am at the Library of Congress and will be livestreamed on the Library of Congress’s YouTube Channel.

She will have big shoes to fill as she succeeds Gene Luen Yang, Kate DiCamillo, Walter Dean Myers, Katherine Paterson and Jon Scieszka, but I have no doubt that given her platform, “READING = HOPE x CHANGE (What’s Your Equation?)” Jacqueline will do a fine job of working with kids across the country and showing how they can make even the smallest difference in the world. Check out the School Library Journal’s article for more information about Jacqueline’s campaign and plans for her ambassadorship.

The National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature is jointly sponsored by the Children’s Book Council, Every Child a Reader and the Library of Congress.


Picture Book Month Review

1 Dec

I participated in Picture Book Month, posting a picture book title each day of November that coincided with the theme for the day. If you missed a day or two, take a look!

November 1 – Introduction
November 2 – Mothers
November 3 – Friends
November 4 – Monkeys
November 5 – Storms & Typhoons
November 6 – Humor
November 7 – Farmers
November 8 – Libraries
November 9 – Animals
November 10 – Dinosaurs
November 11 – Dogs
November 12 – Books
November 13 – Kindness
November 14 – Fathers
November 15 – Birds
November 16 – Shapes
November 17 – Family
November 18 – Cats
November 19 – Artists & Painters
November 20 – Courage
November 21 – Imagination
November 22 – Creativity
November 23 – Grandparents
November 24 – Lions
November 25 – Cities
November 26 – Turtles
November 27 – Reading & Writing
November 28 – Freedom
November 29 – School
November 30 – Christmas

PBMBADGE-AMBASSADOR-FBYou’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month.  You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books!  Check back daily for some great picture books surrounding a specific theme.

San Francisco Chronicle’s 2017 Holiday Books Gift Guide

30 Nov

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Check out the San Francisco Chronicle’s 2017 Holiday Books Gift Guide – with tons of suggestions for adults,teens and kids in a wide variety of genres and formats! (If you’re looking for the children’s selections, head to the bottom of list!)

The Best of…

29 Nov

It’s that time of year when the Best Of… lists start rolling out! I love to see what others think are the best in each genre for the year. Sometime I agree, sometime I don’t, but I almost always get some new titles from these lists. Check out Chicago Public Library’s CPL Best of the Best Books 2017 with a host of separate categories to make sure you find just the right title for you!




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